We Are All Americans, Pure and Simple: Theodore Roosevelt and the Myth of Americanism (Paperback)Leroy G. Dorsey (author)
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Dorsey's analysis illuminates how Roosevelt's rhetoric achieved a number of delicate, if problematic, balancing acts. Roosevelt gave his audiences the opportunity to accept a national identity that allowed ""some"" room for immigrants and nonwhites, while reinforcing their status as others, thereby reassuring white Americans of their superior place in the nation. Roosevelt's belief in an ordered and unified nation did not overwhelm his private racist attitudes, Dorsey argues, but certainly competed with them. Despite his private sentiments, he recognised that racist beliefs and rhetoric were divisive and bad for the nation's progress. The resulting message he chose to propagate was thus one of a rhetorical, if not literal, melting pot.
By focusing on Roosevelt's rhetorical constructions of national identity, as opposed to his personal exploits or his role as a policy maker, We Are All Americans offers new insights into Roosevelt's use of public discourse to bind the nation together during one of the most polarised periods in its history.
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
We Are All Americans, Pure and Simple: Theodore Roosevelt and the Myth of Americanism examines how Theodore Roosevelt defined American identity and its implication for racial relations. . . . Dorsey convincingly argues that even if Roosevelt gained politically from enfranchising minority populations, and even if his rhetoric was frequently harsh, Roosevelt did negotiate civic and racial/ethnic traits into one American identity (139). Given the existing tensions regarding immigration in the United States, We Are All Americans, Pure and Simple has a lot to offer us in our conversations about nationalism and identity. Rhetoric and Public Affairs"
With his We Are All Americans, Pure and Simple, Dorsey has made a true contribution, both to cultural studies and to the voluminous literature on Theodore Roosevelt. Journal of American Culture"
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